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SC Arts Commission 2016 Music Composition Fellow

Jon Jeffrey Grier

Jon Jeffrey GrierComposer Jon Jeffrey Grier has been Composer in Residence and Instructor of Music Theory at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, a magnet high school of the arts in Greenville, since 1988. Grier composes frequently for FAC student and faculty performers and also mentors the Fine Arts Center Composers’ Society and the Foothills GreenArtists, a student environmental action club. He has been named Teacher of the Year three times and received the 2015 Carl Blair Award for Commitment to Arts Education from the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council.


Awards include grants from ASCAP, the Surdna Foundation, the Metropolitan Arts Council, and the Atlanta Chamber Players, and commissions from the Kandinsky Trio, the Emrys Foundation, and the Michigan Music Teachers Association. He has published more than 30 works for piano, chamber ensembles, voice, band, orchestra, and jazz ensembles. Grier has also performed as a writer/keyboardist with jazz groups in Greenville. 


Grier holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College, an M.M. in Composition from Western Michigan University, and an M.M. in Music Theory and a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Jerry Curry, Dick Goodwin, and Sam Douglas.